MQA: A fresh take – why the big labels are converting their catalogs
SABRE DACs from ESS Technology to Integrate MQA Rendering, Studio-Quality Sound Made Simple
We strongly recommend those interested in using a computer as a true high-end digital audio source visit our sister website www. A Sanctuary audio processor upsamples PCM input data to approximately 1. Though it required several hours from cold before sounding its best, the Vega combined outstanding low-end weight and high-frequency extension with an exceptional sense of space, said JA, who also noted measured performance that was beyond reproach. Used in his own domestic system, the Ayre at first impressed JA with its "[D]etail. And more detail," and although the Ayre never overstepped its bounds in that respect, the combination of QX-5 Twenty plus MBL Corona C15 amps and Rockport Avior II speakers "resulted in a slightly relentless quality," compelling him to play music "at a lower level than I'd been used to. So, apparently, is the DAC2. Where would the DAC3 land? PCM performance, including user-selectable upsampling in multiples of Using an Oppo BDP universal BD player to listen to SACDs through the Bryston BDA-3, LG remarked that "spatial performance was sensational, with wider, deeper soundstages than heard from my SACD player on its own," and praised the Bryston's overall performance for delivering "superbly effortless, delicate, subtly revealing, tube-like analog output from a variety of digital file formats and sample rates. Its measured performance is beyond reproach. According to KR, "Like the e18 and e28, the e38 was silent in operation and absolutely stable. Unlike with them, I heard a newfound delicacy in the treble, unaccompanied by any added noise or brightness. The DA supports 2. Front-panel controls include the ability to select among three different PCM filters and between two sets of DSD rolloff characteristics, as well as to invert absolute signal polarity on the fly. AD, who acknowledges "DSD's prowess at communicating the subtleties of musical flow," observed that the Luxman sounded "generously explicit, [with] musical and sonic details in abundance and. The Ultra DAC boasts a presumably futureproof card-frame construction, with separate dual-mono DAC cards, a high-current clock card, and a first-in, first-out FIFO buffer card, intended to minimize jitter. The power supply is linear as opposed to switch-mode. Used with PCM files, JA's first impressions of the Ultra DAC were of "a smooth sound with superb transparency and soundstage depth," and he praised its low-frequency performance as "powerful and extended. MF described the new Moon's improvements over the D as sounding "evolutionary rather than revolutionary"; however, when used with the best recordings at hand, "the D's transparency and graceful yet superbly detailed transient performance combined with an absence of. JA uncovered nothing but "superb measured performance. Also on tap in the base model are a discrete, high-current headphone amp, and a user-selectable choice of seven different filters for CDs and PCM files. Class A all the way. After borrowing and using three! The DirectStream is built on a cast-alloy chassis with a glossy MDF top and a touchscreen from which all user controls can be worked. Firmware is user-updatable, as AD discovered while reviewing the DirectStream. He noted the DAC's "excellent pacing, flow, correctness of pitch relationships, and the like, as well as a consistently smooth and slightly laid-back sound. JA observed that the DirectStream "measures superbly well" in many ways, but was troubled by its poor linearity at low frequencies and its "ultimate lack of resolution" with hi-rez files. I heard more musical detail from them than I previously had. Following the firmware update to v. Said JA: "Kudos to PS Audio for designing a product so that its performance can so easily be upgraded by its customers. In the experience of ML, to whom digital recorded sound manifests itself as a sheet of glass between himself and the performers, "listening to music through the TotalDAC d1-tube-mk2, there was no glass; I could listen to my music as deeply as I wanted to go. Neither oversampling nor digital filtering is used, nor does the DAC 2.
The British Music Embassy Sessions
MQA technology is becoming widely accepted as a standard for distributing ultra-high-quality music across a variety of platforms. The encoding process folds extra information into the signal that can be recovered later. The resulting signal sounds great on its own and improves with systems that unfold the extra data and take advantage of the full range and dynamics of the master file created in the studio. In fact, this process is already included in many existing PC software music applications such as Tidal, Roon, Amarra and Audirvana. Core Decoding is also available in dedicated portable devices such as Onkyo and Pioneer players as well as several smartphones. The final step in the unfolding, called rendering, needs to be done in tight cooperation with the DAC. The quality of the rendering depends on the DAC output filters and this has typically involved hand tuning each design. Integrating the renderer as a hardware block coupled to the DAC achieves several advantages including ease-of-design, improved performance, and lower power. Automatic rendering will allow the system to instantly detect a Core MQA stream and configure the custom filter settings to give the optimal-quality output. The combined hardware blocks allow for the solution to be implemented without a DSP, saving power as well as size and cost. These small and lower power solutions will be ideal for active headphones that can offer MQA whenever a software decoder is active on the device. They also offer compelling value to table-top or portable players that want to offer great sounding DACs with a full MQA solution. A privately-held fabless semiconductor company, ESS Technology designs and markets high-performance analog and HiFi audio devices for mobile, consumer, automotive, and professional audiophile systems. About MQA Using pioneering scientific research into how people hear, the MQA team has created a technology that captures the sound of the original studio performance. The master MQA file is fully authenticated and is small enough to stream, while also being backward compatible, so you can play MQA music on any device. MQA is a UK-based private company. Subscribe via RSS. Subscribe via ATOM. Register Sign In. Email Print Friendly Share. ESS Technology. GlobeNewswire is one of the world's largest newswire distribution networks, specializing in the delivery of corporate press releases financial disclosures and multimedia content to the media, investment community, individual investors and the general public.
Best DAC 2020: portable headphone DACs to improve the sound of your phone and laptop
The Coronavirus disease also known as COVID has made it necessary for many of us to shelter in place and work from home, some for the first time. Amazon is running a limited-time sale right. The first is the Audiolab N Play, which I consider to be the best sounding streamer in that price range. The second. Last week I found out Samsung will be the latest to pull the headphone jack from their flagship smartphones. Upon completion of the update, Roon will be able to discover them on your network. The Integrated Amplifier, a combination of pre-amp and amplifier. Let me say this. It was the amp they used. Which is the lowest price ever! FiiO is on fire! The Hifitrends. Skip to content April 7, Search for:. Home DACs. Amazon is running a limited-time sale right continue reading. The second continue reading. Upon completion of the update, Roon will be able to discover them on your network, continue reading. The Integrated Amplifier, a combination of pre-amp and amplifier, continue reading. It was the amp they used continue reading. As continue reading. Older posts.
Read on…. There has been much interest in MQA of late and on some audio forums it seems quite a topic of controversy as well. I really wanted to have a fresh take on what MQA is, what it actually does, and what the future business model looks like. The way I will approach this fairly complex subject is to do a series of articles and this first one has some initial thoughts on what MQA might do for the music business. First, I want to share my personal background with high resolution digital. Stuart actually detailed early on the benefits of higher resolution sampling rates and word lengths and indeed he is really found at the centre of many digital breakthroughs. Unfortunately, both served a niche market and the format war on both sides probably contributed to a lack of acceptance. SACDs actually released over 10K titles and many of the prime classic rock catalogs. DVD-Audio produced much fewer titles and has morphed into a small but vibrant download market such as those found on HDTracksstarted by the Chesky Records team. Sure, LP and to a very small extent tape reel-to-reel are quite popular these days but sales are a fraction of the entire market. LP has legs in my opinion. Tape is even better at 15 ips but so expensive and so limited in software that I just see it as a niche for wealthy audiophiles. The economics sadly are just not in their favour. LPs are exciting and CDs are just fading into smaller shelf space in many record stores and Best Buys. As I talked to the affable Ken Forsyth over the course of five hours at hifibuys, the light bulb went off. Yes, for better or worse streaming is the future. And really by that, I mean on your mobile phone. Well, that is what MQA has accomplished. To judge what formats are going to be successful, you need the content support. Did Miles or Pink Floyd do any other albums? I really want to hear that. What is this MQA? Warner, Universal, and Sony are onboard.